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The Latest: Spain’s main virus spokesman tests positive Spain’s main spokesman in the coronavirus crisis has tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.

March 30 morning update: The latest on the coronavirus and Maine As confirmed cases continue to climb, here’s the latest about the coronavirus and its impact in Maine. — The Maine CDC will provide an update on the coronavirus at 11:30 a.m. The BDN will livestream the briefing.

How the coronavirus pandemic has changed homesteaders in Maine Still, even homesteaders are not immune to the changing world. As with many people during the pandemic, financial security is an issue in light of the weakened economy. Some have lost full-time and part-time jobs that were helping them to support their lifestyles and pay off their debts.

On the Road Review: Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk - The Ellsworth American For many drivers, there is a little “Walter Mitty” inside each of us; wishing, dreaming and otherwise envisioning exploits beyond our reality. In case you.

Maine coffee shop making a difference for health care professionals A Maine coffee shop is making a difference for health care professionals. Aroma Joe's has given out over 9,000 cups of coffee to people working in the medical field. The company started offering the free coffees shortly after the first cases of coronavirus arrived in the state.

Right Here in Maine Maine’s digital galleries How wonderful is this – to know that Maine’s own arts institutions provide online resources featuring Maine artists and others from the past and present…

Maine jails, prisons begin inmate releases in light of coronavirus But advocates across the country have warned that an outbreak could be severe in the close quarters of a correctional facility. Officials in other states are releasing thousands of people from jails and prisons, hoping to reduce the outbreak risk for both inmates and staff.

Arrests in southern Maine drop in midst of coronavirus pandemic A shift in police tactics, and what police say is good behavior by the public, has led to a reduction in arrests in southern Maine during the coronavirus crisis.

On this date in Maine history: March 30 March 30, 1937: The Maine Legislature adopts Roger Vinton Snow's "State of Maine Song" as the official state song. Snow, a probate and corporate lawyer and frequent moderator of Falmouth town meetings, submitted the song for a 1931 competition sponsored by the Maine Publicity Bureau, which he won.

Need a plumber? Make sure it’s an emergency Service contractors in Maine such as plumbers, electricians and heating specialists are still available for urgent repairs, but nothing else.

Need a plumber? Make sure it's an emergency Maine service contractors that do house calls are still available to respond to plumbing, electrical and other in-home emergencies, but residents are going to find that routine projects will have to wait until the coronavirus pandemic is under control.

Dance professor, theatre student discuss online learning With ongoing COVID-19 precautions, departments at Grand Valley State University face the need to adapt to online courses. Even music and theatre, fields dependent on face-to-face interactions, are accommodating social distancing.

Fahgettaboudit: Cuomo Threatens Lawsuit Against Rhode Island For Stopping New Yorkers Andrew Cuomo is threatening to sue Rhode Island for its effort to stop cars with New York license plates to be sure that New Yorkers quarantine for two weeks. This includes police going door-to-door. Apparently, the image of some guy with a bell crying "bring out your New Yorkers" in the streets is not appealing to Cuomo.

Suspension of ME Town's EMS Without Notice Could Lead to Probe LEWISTON, ME - Rumford officials reportedly suspended that town's emergency medical services without giving proper notice to the community and the state's licensing agency, a move that could trigger an investigation and possibly lead to decertification and fines, a state official said.

Single-use plastic bags are back after study shows reusable bags can lead to coronavirus infection Ned Lamont announced on March 26 that he was suspending the ten-cent tax on single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and other retail businesses, Breitbart reports. "The latter move is to curb the use of personal bags that could bring the virus into a store," according to the Journal Inquirer.

Fighting coronavirus won’t help struggling Maine hospitals pay the bills Hospitals across Maine are steeling themselves for a possible spike in patients with the coronavirus by stocking up on equipment and freeing up beds and workers.

Former UMaine basketball players recall thrill of NCAA tournament win over Stanford On March 12, 1999, the 10th-seeded Black Bears collected the program’s first and only NCAA Tournament victory, a 60-58 triumph over No. 7 Stanford University at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mainer retires after 647 basketball victories at Virginia college LaHaye compiled a record of 647-376 and ranks 55th in career victories across all divisions of women’s basketball. She is one win ahead of former University of Maine head coach and current Duke University coach Joanne P. McCallie.

Caribou musher delivers groceries and medication to people vulnerable to coronavirus Lucas ventures out with two teams that each run with six dogs, and she said they have on average made between four and six deliveries each day. On Tuesday, she made six deliveries between Caribou and Presque Isle.

Maine community radio station struggles to stay on the air without live DJs Jim Rand isn't sure how long WMPG can operate this way during the coronavirus outbreak but he's convinced it's worth the effort.

Snow showers Monday, a mostly cloudy week ahead Cloudy Tuesday and Wednesday. Back to 50 on Thursday…but it rains. Maybe sunny for the weekend? Maybe? Otherwise, classic April weather.

Silver linings: Hunkering down in a pandemic Phil and Joanne Farrington, both 83, of Temple find things to do at home during the virus scare.

Top video apps for staying connected with family and friends during the pandemic Since we are all home now as we social-distance from our jobs, schools, activities and pretty much everything under the sun, we have to be creative about how we can interact digitally with those closest to us. The good news is that we are living in 2020, when peer-to-peer video technology over the years has…

After prostate removal, where does PSA come from? ROACH: Some 20 years ago, as I was turning 50, a biopsy confirmed prostate cancer. I elected to deal with that through surgery, a radical perineal prostatectomy. For the following 10 years, follow-up blood tests came back showing PSA at “less than 0.1,” which I interpreted to mean levels below the detectable limit….

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